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Club Data Detection

Note that all below instructions assume that you are using CP version 10.0.3.3 or higher

The below images are all from shot video frames sent in by customers.

Thus they may appear a tad out of focus and blurry.

i.e. they have not been doctored or enhanced

Method of club detection

The basic method is to scan back from the stationary ball on the mat (i.e. before ball strike)

looking for pixels that are above the set floor gray scale level (GS).

So we're looking for a transition from the floor GS to a GS that is higher

i.e. a positive edge transition

Two main scans are made from the first frame behind the ball.

1 above the ball to the center of the ball

Shown in Pink/Red

and 1 below the ball to the center of the ball.

Shown in Aqua

Once found, this will give us the club face angle of the ball 1 frame behind the ball strike frame

A second set of two scans are then made from 2 frames behind the ball

Again, two main scans are made from the first frame behind the ball.

1 above the ball to the center of the ball

and 1 below the ball to the center of the ball.

Once found, this will give us the club face angle of the ball 2 frames behind the ball strike frame

In addition, the top most transition edge is noted in order to measure ball path and speed

Shown in Yellow

Detecting club data with or without reflective stickers

In either case, the method is exactly the same as described above.

i.e. we are looking for edge transitions from the floor GS to above floor GS.

As such, it's just a matter of fine tuning the floor GS to match the transition edge

In the above example, a white sticker was applied to the leading edge of the driver.

This vastly increases the transition threshold level from the floor GS of 60 to the sticker GS of 150.

Note that the recommended Floor GS setting is now shown in the camera panel

To initialize this setting, click the soft trigger button without a ball on the mat.

The system will then measure the average Floor GS of all the pixels within the Launch Zone area

This is club frame 2 from the previous shot

In the above example, a white sticker was not applied to the leading edge of the club.

Thus the transition threshold level from the floor GS to the leading edge of the club is significantly lower

than it would be if the club featured a white sticker.

In order to detect the leading edge of the club without a white sticker,

we need to find out what the GS level of the club leading edge is.

In this case it is 44.

(using the shot video in the camera panel)

And what the Floor GS level is (see previous image)

In this case it is 20.

We then just need to set the Floor GS to a level in between these 2 levels

In this case level 35 works well.

Click the "Re-calculate" button to see the results of the club detection.

Thereafter, all club data should be accurately detected for all other shots no matter how bright the club is.

Of course, there is a limit to this.

If you are using a dark or black club or your lighting is such that there's essentially no Floor GS to Club edge GS level transition or deviation,

then there's no way to detect the club.

i.e. if you can't see the club at all because it blends into - or is darker than - the underlying surface,

then the cameras won't see it either.

Sometimes the leading edge can appear faint

Increasing the Video Contrast helps

Of course, if you using white clubs or clubs with a white strip already on them, then there shouldn't be any problem in detecting the club.

Optional Club markings

One or two white strips can be applied to the leading edge or top edge of irons and the top edge of woods

in order for the system to detect more precise club face angle, speed and path.

You can use supplied sticky-back white glossy photo paper as club strips

The below examples are from the VisTrak LX2 using the new top view IR LED lighting

Note: You can now click a button to get the current club face angle in the current frame.

LX2 examples

SCX, Eagle, EVi examples

Top Edge white strip mounting for irons

If hitting irons on the down swing or you have mounted the cameras behind the player, the club face will be out of view.

This problem is solved by placing the club marking on the top edge of the club (like the Uneekor systems do).

However, the measured face angle from the top strip has to be adjusted to get back to the leading club face angle.

The above image shows the default adjustments required for each iron club.

You can change the amount of top face edge angle to leading edge angle adjustment for each club.

New : Club face issue when using top edge strips with irons now resolved

Club face angle detection scan is now done from behind the ball with irons when using top edge white strips

to prevent the issue shown in the below image from occurring

 

Lighting

These images were taken here at GSA Golf using optimal lighting.

Adjusting the lighting can make a significant difference and vastly improve the club detection

New: You can now click a button to get the current club face angle in the current frame.

New: Club speed varification

Verifying accurate club speed example

 

 

 

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